Students enrolled at the Texas A&M Health Science Center's College of Medicine decided they will spend their lives healing others. However, consultant Tom Zimmermann says they will not be able to do that without first monitoring their own wellness.
"If they do not take care of themselves, they will not be good doctors," Zimmermann said.
Zimmermann has spent 30 years traveling the country instructing people in the techniques of stress relief and management.
"When you are aware of where it comes from and how it makes you feel, you then come up with solutions," Zimmermann said.
He says he needed to come up with stress solutions during his time as a school counselor, and that the techniques he suggested to teachers could be used by other professionals if people realize one important thing:
"They have to learn about taking care of themselves," Zimmermann said.
Medical students from the Health Science Center received that lesson at the Brazos Center as they took part in the holistic physicians wellness project. It was created by the John L. Montgomery, M.D. Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Fourth-year medical student Jennifer Newton says the project demonstrates there is no perfect cure to alleviate stress.
"Everybody deals with stress differently," Newton said.
Yoga, Tai Chi, and knowing how to handle finance or relationship problems can serve as outlets to use when their old reliable way fails.
"This is one of the ways that we can help recommit the physicians and the medical students and re-motivate them, and kind of charge their battery up," Newton said.
Zimmermann says medical students who eventually become our caregivers must deal with the results of stress in their patients. That in itself could lead them to become victims of stress.
"About 65 percent of diseases come because of stress in our life," Zimmermann said.
He advises the future doctors to avoid compromising their health.
"Physicians, take care of yourself," Zimmermann told the group.
That way they will be able to better heal the world.